Turkey shout out for a good cause

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HOUSTON, TX – What’s Thanksgiving without a turkey dinner? In Houston it’s just not turkey day without the annual Turkey Trot.

“It’s pretty exciting, and if you’ve ever been to the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, it’s at the Galleria, we’re expecting 15,000 runners,” said Jane Bavineau, Vice President of Sheltering Arms Senior Services Division of Neighborhood Centers.

The event benefits Sheltering Arms Senior Services, which is “all about older people and providing services that allow them to remain independent and to live life on their own terms,” Bavineau explained.

To kick off the big event, you have to call in a few turkeys. TXU energy held its annual 9th Turkey Calling Contest at the Houston Zoo.

Gobblers of all ages showed off their best turkey impressions. Elizabeth Sharf said, “I just wanted to because my dad is so good at it and I’m jealous.”

NewsFix’s own Craig Hlavaty even gave it a go, but Bryan Vest definitely stole the show.

“I tried to mimic a turkey and my friends all thought it was funny, so I perfected it,” he said of his turkey calling skills. “Now I usually do it every year just on Thanksgiving, but I made an exception for a good cause.”

It’s worth making a big turkey of yourself to help others. To no one’s surprise, Bryan Vest took home the win and got a year-long season pass to the zoo for his family.